Still time to get your H1N1 flu vaccination


There is still time to get your H1N1 flu vaccination, according to Sibley County Public Health Director Allie Freidrichs.

After vaccinating nursing home residents and residents of assisted living centers the next two weeks, Freidrichs estimates Public Health will have approximately 1,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine left.

Public Health is planning to offer weekly walk-in clinics for the H1N1 vaccination until it is all dispensed. The first walk-in clinic will be Jan. 13 from noon to 4 p.m. Anyone interested in receiving the immunization is asked to contact Sibley County Public Health at 237-4035 to find out when the next clinic will be held.

Freidrichs said that her department administered approximately 400 doses of the vaccine to students in all Sibley County schools except Henderson Hilltop Elementary, which is served by Le Sueur County Public Health. These clinics were held in November and December.

There were “pretty good” turn outs for public clinics held at Sibley County Public Health in December, she said. Approx-imately 650 people participated during the three-day clinic that was open to all. 300 people received vaccinations the first day, she said, with 180 the second day and 170 the third day, she said.

Sibley County Public Health has used approximately 700 doses of the nasal mist, primarily for children. A limited number of nasal mist doses are available, but they are targeted for children, Freidrichs explained.